This FIG introduces students to one of our most-used sensory systems by examining both how the human eye is put together and how it works.
The main course of this FIG, Interdisciplinary Letters & Science 101: “The Biology of Vision,” will make use of the vision science laboratory. In this course, students will see how multi-disciplinary the study of vision is as they explore how psychology, physics, biology, and clinical practice are brought together:
— Visual sensitivity like scene perception, human color vision, complex visual information of object recognition, contrast, depth, motion are all aspects of psychophysics. Blindness is an important aspect of neuropsychology. This course will help demonstrate how physiological events of visual perception are an important aspect of the psychological bases of human behavior.
— Introduction to stoichiometry and the mole concept; the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds; and intermolecular forces.